December 2016
Delegate Committees Submit Proposal Summaries 
for 1st Stage Review 
  
PB Delegate Committees submitted 500-word proposal summaries for the First Stage Review on Wednesday, November 16. More than 30 proposals, based on the more than 800 ideas collected from residents between June and October, were submitted and are being developed. City staff and a subcommittee of the PB Steering Committee have reviewed the summaries, and began providing feedback and suggested direction beginning December 5. The assessment will help committees clarify projects, better address need and benefit, and secure implementing partners. Full proposals will be due February 5, 2017, ahead of the PB ballot in April 2017. For more information, visit the PB webpage.
PB in the Community

VCUSD Collaborative Team & Partnership Meetings
City staff attended the Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD) Collaborative Team & Partnership Meeting at Cave Language Academy on Wednesday, November 16. During the meeting, staff had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Principal Lorena Hernández, Cave teachers and parents. On Friday, November 18, staff attended the Collaborative Board Meeting at Jesse Bethel High School. Both team meetings provided an opportunity to network with VCUSD staff and other community agencies, strengthen partnerships, and find solutions for the community.

PB would like to thank Principals Lorena Hern├índez and Linda Kingston, and Academic Support Providers Ashley Mendez, Alejandra Rafael and Nikki Arenal for their invitations and partnership. 
Implementation  Update

Cycle 3 Fire Youth Academy: Awards Banquet
The Vallejo Fire Department, in collaboration with the nonprofit Solutions for At Risk Youth (SFARY), held an Awards and Recognition Dinner on Saturday, November 12 to conclude the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy. Funding for the youth academy was provided by the Cycle 3 PB  Vallejo Firefighter Youth Academy with an allocation of $50,000.
 
During the banquet, 30 cadets were recognized for their completion of the 9-month program with a badge pinning ceremony. Special awards were provided to individual cadets who displayed exemplary leadership improvement, and Mayor Osby Davis served as the keynote speaker.
 
During the youth development and mentoring program, high school students performed community service and received training from SFARY staff and Vallejo firefighters on firefighting skills, academic support, career development, and life skills, including cooking and self-discipline. The program was named in honor of Robbin Mackbee, a Vallejo native and firefighter who passed away from his injuries after fighting a fire on July 28, 1980.

Quotes from the cadets:
"The program helped me appreciate the people around me and the community I come from." - Xochitl Vargas 

"Before I started the program my grade point average was below a 1.6, and is now at a 2.5. I also did't know what I wanted to do with my career. Now I am working towards becoming a firefighter." - Sahra Nelson


Waterfront Art History Park
In the third cycle of PB, City Council tentatively approved $395,000 in funding for the Waterfront History Arts Park project, which proposed improvements to Independence Park (the lot south of the Ferry Terminal). On December 8, 2015, the City Council postponed implementation pending a possible larger project that could address the entire Waterfront Park area. The vision expanded upon the PB project to include Independence Park all the way north to Service Club Park (the "Great Lawn") where the promenade the abuts the marina.

In February 2016, Artist Mario Chiodo and architect Chris Kent presented a vision for Vallejo's waterfront to the City Council in a special meeting, and in September, City Council requested they develop and submit a Unit Plan for the park. Chiodo and Kent and their team solicited public feedback and ideas at Vallejo Waterfront Weekend, and held two community presentations at Norman King South Vallejo Community Center and the Vallejo Veterans Hall. Feedback from the public was incorporated into the Unit Plan.

Chiodo and Kent's Unit Plan includes improvements and public art at Independence Park, and incorporates many elements of the Cycle 3PB Project. The plan can be viewed online.

The Waterfront History Art Walk Park Unit Plan is complete and will be considered by the City's Design Review Board on December 8, and then tentatively before the City Council on Tuesday, December 20.



Sidewalk Repair & Tree Preservation
The Cycle 3 project was recently completed after replacing sidewalks at more than 30 residential properties that applied for the program. With an allocation of $262,000, the project replaced more than 650 feet of sidewalk that had been damaged by tree roots. More than 20 trees were able to be preserved, and 10 trees that had to be removed due to safety concerns were replaced.


Arts, Beautification and Community Development 
Drivers and pedestrians can look up and see familiar elements of Vallejo appearing in the new mural in Downtown Vallejo. The growing work of art, located at 301 Georgia Street, is designed and painted by artist Andre Jones. Titled "Gateway to Vallejo," the Downtown, Mare Island, and the Carquinez Bridge can already be spotted in the mural.

The mural is funded by Participatory Budgeting as a part of the Cycle 2 Arts, Beautification and Community Development Project. The mural is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

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PB Video Highlights Projects
  
With the Cycle 4 idea collection phase concluding on October 2, the City of Vallejo released a new PB documentary video highlighting the successes of previous projects funded during the three previous PB Cycles. 

Residents may recognize projects from multiple ballots, such as the spay/neuter program for cats and dogs, new playgrounds, benches, drinking fountains and other improvements at 13 parks, as well as the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter Youth Academy. The video can be viewed and shared online

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